Every part of a large city has its own unique energy, its own neighborhood personality, and that's certainly true in Oklahoma City. From the entertainment vibe of Bricktown to the funkiness of the Plaza District or the character of the Paseo, the OKC metro has something for all tastes. Midtown Oklahoma City, bordered by 4th street to the south and 13th to the north, is not one of the metro's largest in terms of size but is certainly an interesting case in this regard. While it is home to the bustling St. Anthony Hospital, it also features some of the metro's most historic structures, as well as great restaurants and shops. Here are several things to do and see in Midtown.
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There is no more important site to visit, not only in Midtown but in the entirety of Oklahoma City, than the National Memorial & Museum. In a stunningly emotional outdoor monument and memorial., it honors the memory of the 168 people lost on that tragic day of April 19, 1995. The museum is equally impactful, taking visitors on a tour through that horrific period in Oklahoma City's history with photos, video, audio, artifacts, interactive exhibits with survivor stories and more.
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There are many historic buildings in the Midtown area. See below for more. But the Plaza Court building near the metro's first roundabout at 10th and Walker is considered by many to be the area's "social center." The extensively renovated triangular building is home to restaurants and unique retail establishments.
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Speaking of restaurants... Midtown possesses some of the metro's best in such a small area. In the Plaza Court building mentioned above, there's McNellie's, one of the top pubs in OKC, as well as one of the best hamburgers in town at Irma's. But that's only the beginning. Don't miss unique Latin cuisine at 1492, fresh "farm to table" dishes at Ludivine, upscale Italian at Stella or the unique treats of Waffle Champion.
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Historic Homes & Buildings
Historic homes and businesses are all around the Midtown area, from Heritage Hills and Mesta Park to the north to the downtown area south. But in Midtown itself, you're in for a real treat if you love historic architecture. Church Row on Robinson has places of worship built in the early 1900's, and many of the cottages and bungalows near St. Anthony's hospital have been renovated. Also, check out Oklahoma City's first high school, Central High School (pictured). Located at N.W. 7th and Robinson, it was built in 1912 and is now owned by American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company.
Speaking of history, drive just a bit north to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. In the beautiful building around NW 14th and Classen, you'll find many excellent exhibits designed to ""tell Oklahoma's story through its people."Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Retail continues to increase in the Midtown area of Oklahoma City. For example, North Walker offers several shops, including a bridal shop/boutique and a fine art gallery. A retail contest at Plaza Court was won by former OSU basketball star and NBA player Desmond Mason, who opened an art studio. During the holiday season, don't miss Midtown's holiday pop-up shops.
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Once a monthly affair during the summer but now an annual event held in early June, the H&8th street festival is a fantastic and vibrant atmosphere with food trucks, live music and much more. It's a Midtown gem, but it's not the only event in this area of Oklahoma City. From races to neighborhood gatherings, find out what's going on while you're in the area.
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Also Visit Nearby Districts
You can venture out just a bit for even more fun. If you're in the Midtown area of Oklahoma City, you are very near to a couple of other dynamic and interesting metro spots. For example, on the east is the thriving retail of Automobile Alley along Broadway Avenue, and to the northwest is the Asian District, OKC's home to Asian cuisine and commerce. Finally, just to the south of Midtown, you enter OKC's bustling downtown, with business, restaurants, the arts district, Bricktown and much more.